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ABS Film Committee Section

The ABS Film Committee is pleased to announce that it annual Film Festival will again be held at the next ABS Annual Meeting - in 2014.


Results of the ABS Film Festival for 2013

This year’s ABS Film Festival was attended by an enthusiastic 203 people. We screened eight wonderful films and had interesting discussions that included the actual directors in some cases. Due to the excellence in all eight finalists, it was a difficult decision. But after careful deliberation, the Film Committee is happy to announce that the ABS Film of the Year awards.

Winner, Commercial Division:

"Wild Scandanavia: Norway" directed by Jan Haft

Winner, Non-Commercial Division:

"Ordinary, Extraordinary Junco" directed by Jonathan Atwell

Now in its 30th year, the ABS Film Festival features outstanding films that portray important concepts in animal behavior research and education. Categories include both professional (commercial) and amateur (non-commercial) films produced in the preceding five years. In this way, the Film Festival promotes the Animal Behavior Society’s goals of research, teaching, and conservation at the university level. In addition, ABS members are encouraged to bring short video clips of their own to share in an informal film event

The festival is attended by several hundred scientists, professors, applied practitioners, and students from across the globe.


  • Commercial: Films made by professional photographers with the express purpose of earning a profit from the endeavor. Scientists may or may not be used as consulting experts, but typically scientists are not the individuals initiating production of the film. Films in this category are ordinary promoted through advertising, and are suitable for broadcast.
  • Non-Commercial: Films made by persons largely associated with animal behavior from a teaching, research, and/or applied perspective. The assistance of professional photographers or a university media/photography department is allowed. However, the film must be made primarily for educational/research purposes, and not with the major goal of obtaining an income for the individual or the professional photographers.
  • Informal Film Clips: Short, unedited film clips made by Animal Behavior Society members that depict unique and interesting aspects of animal behavior. Presented in a peer-to-peer informal atmosphere, these clips are narrated in person by the videographer/scientist in an effort to educate, share perspectives and stimulate discussion.


    • Option One:
      The Animal Behavior Society Film Committee accepts online entries submitted via (which provides cost-saving, paperless submission to film festivals around the world). Withoutabox's internet submission platform features applications via one master entry form. It is an economical, eco-friendly, and secure alternative to traditional hard-copy DVD submissions. Click below to submit your film.
    • Option Two:
      Mail submission films directly to festival chair, Dr. Michael Noonan (address below), postmarked before June 1, 2013. Under this option, each submission package must include a DVD copy (NTSC format only and playable on Windows Media Player), and a signed copy of the ABS FILM ENTRY FORM.

    Submissions for the informal film clip event should be communicated directly to Michael Noonan via email.

    Michael Noonan, PhD
    Animal Behavior Society Film Festival Chair
    Department of Biology
    Canisius College,
    Buffalo, NY 14208-1098, USA.
    Phone: (716) 888-2772, E-mail:



    Past Winners of the ABS File Awards

    Click here for a list of past winners of the Animal Behavior Society Film Awards.